Sunday, May 26, 2013

"Pretty Little Things" Now Available!

The July 2013 issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, featuring my short story "Pretty Little Things," is on shelves now!

Most of my short stories are long-gestating affairs of nebulous origin; they kick around inside my head until I get sick of 'em rattling around, and put them down on paper to get them out. Not so "Pretty Little Things." The tale was inspired by an odd phone call, and my ensuing attempt to figure out from whence it came. Turnaround from precipitating event to finished story was 48 hours. And I daresay it's one of the best shorts I've ever written. I'm delighted Janet Hutchings thought it worthy of EQMM's pages, and pleased to see it running alongside the likes of Twist Phelan and Bill Pronzini. I hope you folks dig it, too.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

CM: Lost in a Good Book

Which fictional sleuth's world would you most like to inhabit? That's the topic at Criminal Minds this week, and today I offer up my (slightly left-field) selection.

Thursday, May 09, 2013

"The Well" Revisited

Today, I'm over at the ever-charming Sabrina Ogden's blog, talking about my short story "The Well" as part of her blog series dedicated to the stories included in the FEEDING KATE charity anthology. Thanks for having me, Sabrina!

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

CM: If you wanna find hell with me...

At Criminal Minds this week, the topic involves our protagonists' mothers. I think the idea was to write something sweet for Mother's Day. If so, I missed the mark, because the closest thing Sam's got is Lilith. Hints about THE BIG REAP abound. There may also be some gratuitous Glenn Danzig, on account of he's the source of my post's title.

Monday, May 06, 2013


Over at Every Read Thing, Brandon Sears (an avowed short story skeptic) dives into my new short story collection, DEAD LETTERS, and declares:
"At the risk of sounding like a fanboy, I can’t get enough of Mr. Holm’s work. Between his Collector series and now this short story collection, he’s an author that everyone should be looking out for..."
Thanks, Brandon, for the kind words! DEAD LETTERS is available here for your Kindle or Kindle app.